Chow Chow

The distinctive-looking Chow Chow dog breed has a proud, independent spirit that some describe as catlike. They can be aloof — if you’re looking for a cuddle buddy, this probably isn’t the best breed for you — and downright suspicious of strangers. But for the right person, they can be a fiercely loyal companion.

Even though these are purebred dogs, you may find them in the care of shelters or rescue groups. Remember to adopt! Don’t shop if you want to bring a dog home.


As an independent breed, these pups need patience and consistency, and you may need to do a few things on their terms. Novice pet parents beware. While these dogs can adapt to apartment life, they need plenty of exercises, and they don’t enjoy being left home alone for long hours of the day. If you can provide experienced training and lots of physical activity, you’ll have a faithful, protective, furry family member.

Vital Stats

Dog Breed Group

Working Dogs


17 to 20 inches tall at the shoulder


40 to 70 pounds

Life Span

12 to 15 years

Stuff For Chow Chow Fans

Breed Characteristics



All-Around Friendliness


Health And Grooming Needs




Physical Activity